"Free Food" -- August 6, 2017
I've decided to start sharing the YouTube videos of my sermons here on my blog. I've had some people comment that they enjoy watching them and this will keep them in one place together.
This is from this past Sunday, August 6th. It is based on the texts from Isaiah 55:1-5 and Matthew 14:13-21
Food is one of those foundational things for our lives and yet it can get pretty expensive. When you go to a professional sporting event, concert, or other large event you often find yourself being asked to pay exponentially more that what the food is actually worth. If you shop for your own food you can often find good deals, but yet you will still end up spending quite a bit every month for food.
We have good news as Christians. Jesus had compassion on us and came into this broken, sinful world. He experienced hunger, tiredness, thirst, temptation, loss, conflict, sickness, torture and death. And yet he continued to love and have compassion. He feeds us with FREE spiritual food and gives it to us in abundance so we always have more than we need!
This week we move into the second half of the church year and see the theme of trust weave it's way through our readings!
Two weeks have already passed since Easter. Can you believe it? This week we get a double dose of Peter. First we see him preach a big sermon after which, 3,000 people are baptized. Then we hear him build on what we heard about last week. Now he speaks about the ransom that was paid for us. Finally, we'll hear about the biggest surprise dinner ever. Jesus meets up with some disciples on the road to Emmaus, but they don't know who he is right away. After he breaks bread and gives thanks then it all makes sense!
It is all about faith!
Faith is our focus this week as we see Abram stepping out in faith to follow God to a new land when he was already 75 years old. Paul tells us that it was God's gift of faith to Abraham that caused him to be saved, not his own works and Jesus clarifies things for Nicodemus so that he too may know how one enters the Kingdom of Heaven and what Jesus mission was on earth.
Old Testament: Genesis 12:1--9
Epistle: Romans 4:1--8, 13--17
Gospel: John 3:1--17
My name is Tom. I'm fascinated by the ways that people, ideas, current events and theology interact with each other.